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Friday, March 31, 2023

Rangers take on series-leading Twins 1-0

Minnesota Twins (47-39, first in the American League Central Division) vs. Texas Rangers (38-43, third in the American League West)

Arlington, Texas; Saturday, 4:05 p.m. EDT

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Twins: Devin Smeltzer (4-2, 3.04 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 34 strikeouts); Rangers: Martin Perez (7-2, 2.34 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 81 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Rangers -119, Twins +101; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

THE BOTTOM LINE: The Texas Rangers host the Minnesota Twins with a 1-0 series lead.

Texas has gone 18-20 in home games and 38-43 overall. The Rangers are 27-8 in games when outscoring opponents.

Minnesota is 22-21 in road games and 47-39 overall. The Twins have the fourth-most team batting average in the American League at .253.

The teams meet on Saturday for the second time this season.

PEAK PERFORMERS: Corey Seager has 10 doubles, 17 home runs and 42 RBIs for the Rangers. Marcus Semien is 12-for-42 with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs in the last 10 games.

Luis Arraez has 15 doubles, one triple and four home runs for the Twins. Alex Kirilloff is 10-for-33 with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs in the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 4-6, .259 batting average, 3.77 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs

Twins: 5-5, .263 batting average, 3.40 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs

INJURIES: Rangers – Matt Bush – 15-day IL (forearm), Eli White – 60-day IL (wrist), Jonathan Hernandez – 60-day IL (elbow)

Twins: Chris Archer: 15-day IL (hip), Joe Smith: 15-day IL (trap), Trevor Larnach: 10-day IL (core), Cody Stashak: 60-day IL (shoulder), Royce Lewis: 60 -IL Day (knee), Bailey Ober: 15 IL days (groin), Danny Coulombe: 15 IL days (hip), Miguel Sano: 60 IL days (knee), Chris Paddack: 60 IL days (elbow), Jhon Romero: 60-day IL (biceps), Jorge Alcala – 60-day IL (elbow), Randy Dobnak – 60-day IL (finger), Kenta Maeda – 60-day IL (elbow)


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and Sportradar data.

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